Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Administration to Announce Initiative to Help Honor Military Members and their Families
Salazar, Jarvis, Darcy to kick-off Armed Forces Week in Virginia
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YORKTOWN, VA – On Tuesday, May 15, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy will participate in a ceremony to announce a new initiative to honor our military, their families, and America's public lands.
The Armed Forces Week ceremony will take place at Colonial National Historical Park and will include members from all five branches of the military.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service
Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works)
Ceremony and announcement to honor military members and families
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 10:30 AM EDT
Yorktown Victory Monument, Colonial National Historical Park, Yorktown, VA
Note: In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center.